“The best and most powerful humor is connected intimately to sorrow, disappointment, grief, loneliness. The human condition. The humor I appreciate most and that I attempt to emulate is the humor that tries to get readers to relax, drop their guard, have a good time so that the writer can then really hit them with the heavy stuff. But that’s actually an imprecise formulation, because it shouldn’t be first one, then the other. The best humor is funny AT THE SAME TIME it is sad. Or even: funny BECAUSE sad.” —
If you wanna read some smart writing and thinking about comedic fiction writing, I present this interview as exhibit A.